Quiver · Writing

Raising the standard

Story originally published in 2017 edition of Quiver yearbook

Students who wish to challenge their intellect can do so by taking one—or several—of the AP and Dual Credit classes offered.
“I’m trying to get a head start on college and make sure I’m prepared for my future. The classes [I take] are more difficult than I’m used to, but there’s not as much homework because you learn a lot more in class,” Madison Rigg (10) said.
For students taking higher-level classes while participating in extracurricular activities, the opportunity to study can be challenging.
“I am on the dance team, so I always make sure to take a study hall. That helps a lot. You have to force yourself to get into a routine [of making time for homework and activities],” Paige Kotecki (11) said.
Through study hall and resource periods, students can dedicate time in and out of school for their education.
“I believe that any student taking AP classes needs to take a study hall. Taking a study hall gives them the opportunity to finish homework for other classes, so they have more time to focus on their AP classes,” Tyler Good (11) said.
Although some students believe that AP and Dual Credit classes have a more rigorous curriculum, others feel that they are not much of a challenge.
“[AP and Dual Credit classes] aren’t as bad as some people think they are. They’re harder, but you learn a lot more,” Rigg said.
The higher-level classes have the possibility of opening doorways to future career paths in the subjects students take.
“I find [the classes I take] interesting, which makes them easier to learn. I either want to be a psychiatrist, which has to do with psychology, or I want to be a real estate agent and own my own estate agency, which would [involve] strategic marketing and business,” Kotecki said.
Although there are a lot of benefits to these higher level classes, a lot of time is put into the courses, thus limiting time for other personal activities.
“Since I’m in dual credit and AP classes, I’ve had to make some sacrifices. I get a lot of homework, so I sometimes have to spend my nights doing [homework] rather than going out with my friends. It’s not the best to have to say no, but they understand because they are in similar situations. It’s all about learning how to find the balance between school, work and friends. I know it will help me get into the school I want,” Erika Araujo (11) said.
Some students challenge themselves even further when faced with scholarships.
“I really want to try to get a full-ride scholarship for college based on the fact that my mom challenged me to, and I am very competitive person and I like to get myself out there,” Kotecki said.

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Quiver · Writing

Art from the start

Story originally published in 2017 edition of Quiver yearbook

One of the advantages of going to a big high school is all of the diverse learning opportunities offered to the students. This includes an art education you cannot get at many other high schools in Northwest Indiana.

 

“[The Lake Central arts classes] have impacted me as an artist. It’s definitely given me a lot more technical skills then I had in the past. It impacted my art in a good way because then I started learning the proportions of the face and I got better with the proportions of the face and shading and all these different things so it actually helped me alot with my technical skills because I had the creativity as Mrs. Yeager says and then I just needed to learn a little bit more of the technical skills or perfect the technical skills. I wouldn’t say the classes helped me but they made sure, almost guarantee that I wanted to do something in art,” Giovanna Martin (10) said.

 

Morgan Foy (11) focuses on illustration and animation in the digital art form, and draws inspiration from people and figures.

 

“I am going to be making characters, developing them and creating figures on the computer to make my drawings come to life. I have many inspirations and if I look at one person who took a picture of an object, I will probably draw the object. It is mainly figures of people I draw, I cannot draw scenery. I am focused on just one person,” Foy said.

 

Other art forms such as sculptors and glasswork are what have piqued Sophia Boeksteigel’s (11) interest in 3D art.

 

“I really enjoy the 3D art class. We get to work with glass and many different items that you wouldn’t normally use because the 2D art is mainly drawing and painting but in 3D art, I made wire sculptors last year. There is a lot more things to work with and sculpt with which I enjoy,” Boeksteigel said.

 

 

A lot of artists, including the artists previously mentioned, got introduced to art at a very young age.

 

“In elementary school I realized that I was pretty good for my age, and then as I got older I started getting more into art and I would do it in my free time and now it’s just kind of a hobby,” Hayley Skrezyna (11) said.

 

As these artists have gotten older, they admit that art is a great way to express emotion and relieve stress.

 

“My inspiration tends to be to let go of emotions. What starts me creating something is usually a tension or a stress, so it helps me release. I paint what I feel,” Martin (10) said.

 

As well as being a good way to let off steam, art has also proved to give a sense of accomplishment in seeing other people’s reactions to your own creation.

 

“It gives me this nice, warm, fuzzy feeling that I did something great,” Martin (10) said.

Quiver · Writing

Varsity spikes back

Story originally published in 2017 edition of Quiver yearbook

The varsity team stood with five seniors, three juniors and six sophomores for their 2016 season. Despite the loss of seven seniors, the team rebuilt and worked to regain their glory, impressing not only coaches, but also the fans.

  “We went from having a really strong team and the best record that LC volleyball’s ever had, to losing seven seniors and then having to restore that talent, bring it back and start over,” Mhjehana Williams (12) said.

  Less than half of the team was made up of upperclassmen, so the seniors and juniors took charge during practices and games in order to maintain unity.  

  “I think [this season is] definitely a rebuilding year considering we lost a lot of seniors, and now most of our team is underclassmen instead of upperclassmen. That can really be difficult with inexperience. Emotions get the best of us at times, so it’s hard [to make] sure that we all stay focused and on task and to not let emotions overwhelm us,” Linda Morton (12) said.

  One of the biggest highlights of the season was against Crown Point High School. The varsity team brought their all and took a set from the Bulldogs.

   “Pretty much every game, we all have a mindset that we’re going to take a set If we’re not going to win, we’re at least going to make it to four or five games. We probably didn’t even think it was going to happen because they are so good.  [Everyone on the court] just got so hyped and [started] playing to their full potential. Everything’s just laid out on the court. I think that’s how it was when we were winning it,” Orze said.

  Practicing helped this team prepare for games, but bonding together as a team played a key role in the unity of their plays.

  “Regaining the strength was a struggle, too. Luckily for us, we all mesh with each other extremely well, so it’s at least a fun process. There’s no drama with us this season. It’s always full of laughs and good times when we’re together. We’ve all been playing this sport for so long, so having the same dedication for it really helps,” Kaylee Marovich (11) said.